When Could the Royal Baby Become King?

The future king (AP Images)The British royal baby has finally arrived, but it will probably be many decades before he has the chance to become king.

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The 8-pound, 6-ounce His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is third in line for the throne behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, William, Duke of Cambridge. His uncle, Prince Henry (known as Harry), is fourth in the line of succession.

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CNN's royal expert, Victoria Arbiter, told Yahoo! Shine, "It could be 60 or 70 years before [he's ever] monarch." And that's a good thing. Arbiter points out that the time will allow him to have a relatively normal childhood, go to school, attend college, and grow up without the intense demands of being king. "William had the best deal. He did not have the same pressure as first in line for the throne, so he could do things his father wasn't able to do as easily."

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Queen Elizabeth became sovereign in 1952, after the death of her father, King George IV. Now 87, she's still in good health and is expected to rule for five to 10 more years. Her successor, Prince Charles, is 64, so he might very well serve as king for 20 years after that. That means the royal baby's father, 31-year-old William, might not become king himself until the middle of this century. And the royals are certainly known for their longevity—the Queen Mother lived to 101. The new prince might actually live up to a nickname making the rounds: "The King of the 22nd Century."

Photo by: John Normile/Getty Images
News of the prince's arrival on Tuesday lit up the Internet as word spread across social media like wildfire. Meanwhile in Canada, the lights were in the sky, where ... more 
Photo by: John Normile/Getty Images
News of the prince's arrival on Tuesday lit up the Internet as word spread across social media like wildfire. Meanwhile in Canada, the lights were in the sky, where a blue reflection in honor of the baby boy could be seen illuminating Niagara Falls.
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